Raising a Powerful Girl
Summary: A Podcast for Girls AND their Parents. Join Founder Maria Fuller and some incredible guests on this show which takes a look at issues girls face today such as mental health, executive functioning, emotional intelligence, leadership, grit and what it takes to be a "Powerful Girl today" and more!
The middle school years, we know from experience and research, are the most trying times. It’s where we can lose site of our inner self, our dreams and desires. Girls leave after 5 days of GEMS Camp with confidence and compassion knowing more about themselves and how to interpret and interact with her world. Each girl is encouraged to explore and express her felinity without scarfing her rugged strength. Curiosity is encouraged as she embarks on challenging activities as learning opportunities. Each girl is encouraged to share her voice, to speak freely sharing ideas and insights while respecting the same in fellow GEMS. We challenge the girls boundaries of the comfort zones in act deed and thought. Most importantly the girls learn to live their “backcountry” and “front country” life the GEMS Way! (The GEMS Way is code of conduct promoting courage, confidence and compassion in the the way we think, feel and act.)
Our guest today is Sarah Beach, founder, editor and publisher of “STRONG The Magazine for Girls”. Beach was brought up during the Thatcher years in the 1980s in the UK. With a woman in power, Beach believed she could do or be anything she wanted to be. At age 22, with a degree in Politics and History from the University of Keele under her belt, she moved to London where she became one of the youngest Parliamentary Advisers in Westminster.Now a mother to three kids, a boy and two girls, Beach stopped paid work when she had her son in 2003, choosing to stay home and raise her family. Throughout the early years of her children’s lives, Beach remained active in the community, writing newsletters for the local NCT (National Childbirth Trust), helping out on the PTA when the kids were in pre-school and elementary, and running a Girl Scout troop. To this day she serves on the board of directors for her local children's theater. She also worked as a pre-school teacher for three years.By early 2017, as her two daughters were growing up, Beach was becoming increasingly alarmed about the impact society was having on them and their hopes and dreams for the future. Against the backdrop of a changing America, she decided to create a new publication aimed at empowering and inspiring tween and teen girls. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first issue of STRONG was published in September 2017. STRONG focuses on presenting strong female role models, as well as teaching girls practical skills to encourage independence. It also focuses on responsibility, encouraging girls to take responsibility for their own bodies and minds, and tolerance, with regular articles focusing on girls from other countries and cultures. STRONG encourages girls to be confident to be themselves, and to be the best version of themselves.
Our guest today is Sheri West. Sheri has over 20 years of executive finance and leadership development experience. Her education includes a BA Finance and Masters of Human Resources and Leadership Development from Michigan State University. Ms. West spent 15 years as a finance executive at General Electric Co.,where she was actively involved in the GE Women’s Network as a mentor. Four years ago, she founded LiveGirl to “pay it forward” and prepare the next generation of female leaders. Research shows that girls are twice as depressed, anxious and stressed out as boys. 7 out of 10 girls feel that they are not enough or don’t measure up in some way, no matter how many achievements they rack up. In the so-called age of girl power, girls are still trying to fit a perfect mold of pleasing others and looking sexy. They are striving for unattainable perfection and avoiding risks. LiveGirl has shown sheri how vulnerable today’s girls are as they face adolescent pressures magnified by social media and role overload. LiveGirl’s mission is to empower girls through year-round leadership development and mentorship. Their programs build social emotional intelligence and self-esteem which equip girls to have a positive impact on the world. Specifically, they focus on surrounding their girls with a positive community. They teach girls how to cultivate healthy and positive relationships. They teach them NOT to compare themselves to others, but rather to embrace their quirky, original selves. Live Girl also surrounds girls with positive role models. Their professional mentors lead our 10-week after school mentoring groups + they feature accomplished female professionals at all of our leadership summits and summer camp. These role models help girls explore what’s possible and discover their best selves.
Our guest today is Cat Stack. Cat grew up in Long Island, New York and moved to Portland in 1994. She is a single mom of 2 kids, who are 20 and 17. After majoring in Spanish at Arizona State University, she became a flight attendant and had a 21 year career, with Pan Am and then Delta. IN 2009, unnemployed and divorced, Cat moved through several career changes until finally realizing her dream of becoming a life coach. She brings 9 years experience volunteering with a personal growth workshop and a training as a CoActive coach to her business.Through the many challenges of life as a single parent Cat discovered her gift for finding her way in times of crisis. No matter what happened or how difficult the situation, she always finds clarity and a way through the chaos. Cat has a passion of working with the parents of suicidal teens, knowing firsthand how great the need is. Parenting teens is tough. Through her coaching Cat helps parents find their power and inner strength to be the solid, loving parent their teen needs during the most difficult of times.
Molly Wills is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion towards the arts, fashion, travel and, most of all, empowering and mentoring girls. She founded The Waverly Project in 2012 after being inspired by many female mentors in her life that helped realize her own creative passions. The Waverly Project connects young girls and women through creative projects and experiences called “Tours” with a mission to empower girls to find their passions, build confidence and think globally.The Waverly Tours are designed by Wills for elementary school girls to high school age girls. Each Tour is led by Molly or another female role model that shares her story on topics ranging from business, culture, cuisine to fashion and leads the girls in a creative project that inspires and educates. Each girl must sign a code of kindness that Molly has created to foster a positive and respectful community.Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Wills has established new roots in Greenwich, CT where she currently resides. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Molly started her career in art and fashion, with two years at the Polo Ralph Lauren Fashion House. Molly’s passion for travel and service led her to work closely with organizations such as Eschool 4 girls in New York City, South African Orphanage and Empowers Africa Foundation, all of whom she still supports today with her Waverly girls.The Waverly project is based inGreenwich, CT in addition to travel tours that take place at local businesses and studios. Waverly has hosted pop-up tours in New York City, London and South Africa with plans to expand to other cities.Wills also founded The Waverly Foundation to provide resources and support for girls around the world. Waverly raises money to provide Waverly Tours to girls in underserved communities as well as for orphan girls in Africa and other parts of the world.
My Guest today is Ellen Schaeffer,. Ellen is an artist with a background in theater design and community arts development. She launched Persistent Sisters, which produces women's history trading cards, in 2017. The mother of a 12 year old daughter, Schaeffer could not find many women-centered products for middle age school girls. Putting her project development and artistic skills together, she completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in November and produced the first series of trading cards, with three new sets on the way this spring. With a broad library of accomplished women spanning the fields of science, exploration, writing, mathematics, art and more, Schaeffer hopes that Persistent Sisters trading cards will inspire all girls to find their passion and make it a reality. They CAN be what they CAN see!
Music Therapy is a highly accessible medium for active, goal-oriented engagement in a fun and empowering way. Music therapy activities led by a board-certified music therapist provide children with opportunities to practice non-music-related skills in all developmental areas, including cognitive, motor, communication and language, social, behavioral, psychosocial, and emotional areas - regardless of musical skill or experience. Research-based music interventions are designed and implemented by music therapists to target individualized goals while simultaneously providing opportunities to practice leadership skills, foster independence, improve relationships, and allowing for freedom of expression in individual and group settings. Music is relatable, in some way, to all people regardless of age or ability and is a part of every culture; therefore, engaging in music therapy through singing, moving, listening, and/or playing instruments is an accessible and adaptable medium through which girls can become empowered. My Guest today is Eric Ervast. Eric is a board certified music therapist and he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music therapy from Florida State University. He completed his internship at University of Kentucky HealthCare and has a background in primarily medical and pediatric music therapy with a variety of additional clinical experience. Prior to joining the Tampa Bay Institute for Music Therapy in May of 2017, he provided music therapy services to patients at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and to individuals and groups in the Tallahassee Community. Eric has a passion for working with infants and children in a variety of settings, and is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association.
Hadley Pollet is a contemporary American designer from New Canaan, Connecticut known for her timeless accessories that inspire kind, powerful women to shine strong.Hadley’s signature belt designs sprung from inspiration while at Rhode Island School of Design. Her unique style caught the eyes of many when she wore a belt made of vintage ribbon and a buckle out to a birthday party in Boston where several people asked where she got the belt. Since then, her line has exploded with extensive press coverage, and exposure in high end stores worldwide, quickly growing from just belts into a lifestyle brand including handbags, jewelry and homegoods made with Hadley’s copyrighted textile designs.Her inspiration for not only her business, but also her business's purpose was discovered after 9/11. Hadley felt propelled to channel the chaos going on politically, economically, and socially into something positive and uplifting. After several years of working in marketing and public relations for textile and fashion companies, in January 2002 Hadley Pollet launched her own line belts made with copyrighted textiles that conveyed hope and happiness. Hadley and her signature designs inspire women to radiate the power of kindness despite the ongoing negativity in our world. She prides herself for creating a brand that represents self expression, empowerment, and confidence by igniting an emotional desire for women to feel spiritually uplifted when dressing. Her brand is known to deliver women the ability to express themselves wholeheartedly, whether someone is a hippie, downright preppy or both. Her hope is that every day, women wake up and dress as the best form of their spiritual selves, expressing themselves brightly.Hadley Pollet is dedicated to aiding and inspiring young women to be future leaders of the world.
Here is the scary reality. Most girls do not want to be leaders.RESEARCH INDICATES MOST GIRLS DEFINE LEADERSHIP AND BRAVERY AS SOMETHING ‘HEROIC.’ IN FACT, ONLY 1/3 OF MIDDLE-SCHOOL GIRLS TODAY BELIEVE THEY CAN BE A LEADER.THE NUMBERS GO DOWN AS THEY GET OLDER. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DATA PROVES GIRLS HAVE AN UPHILL BATTLE. RESEARCH PROVES:-Girls pride themselves on perfectionism and, therefore, avoid taking risks that could help them grow. -They hate conflict, so they do not end up practicing self-advocacy or communicating during difficult conversations. -To avoid being labeled "bossy" they turn away from leadership roles.ON TOP OF THESE INTERNAL ROADBLOCKS, GIRLS FEEL SOCIETY'S TRIPLE BIND:-Be confident, but not conceited-Be smart, but no one likes a know-it-all-Ambition is good, but trying too hard is bad-Be assertive, but only if it does not upset anyone else.My Guest today is Laura Clydesdale Her goal is to shed light on these issues that affect girls so heavily. Of course, helping her daughter navigate these tough issues is her top priority, but by chronicling their journey, she also strives to help other girls along the way.Laura writes, her daughter approves, they post. She is the bravest person she knows.
We live in a media-centric world where popular culture tries to dictate the norms in values, beliefs, and body image. A distorted picture of your body and negative body image contribute to low self-esteem, depression, obsession with weight loss, and risk of eating disorders. According to Research “girls become increasingly aware their appearances are a barometer of their self-worth in our media-intense culture.” We need to teach girls how to reject toxic media messages and how to listen to their inner wisdom when it comes to eating, moving, stress, and their overall well-being. Powerful girls practice self-care and experience confidence, resilience, happiness, fulfillment, and they are better able to lead others in a positive direction.My Guest today is Camille Kennard. Camille is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and refers to herself as a “Self-Care Specialist.” After spending over ten years working in healthcare and witnessing the general impact of mental and physical illness, she began her own coaching and counseling practice to promote health, “Flourish Wellness Consulting.” Camille’s work is to help people Flourish “to grow or develop in a healthy way, as a result of a favorable environment.” Camille’s empowers people to overcome mental and physical obstacles to making their health a priority. Camille believes that well-being begins in the mind.
How do you navigate raising a girl today as a survivor or abuse or severe PTSD? What if your daughter witnessed you being very ill, losing a sibling or tragedy striking? Join me on this incredible conversation where we dive into topics such as surviving sexual assault, Hyperemesis gravidarum, loss of a child, still birth and more. Lindsay Gibson is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Birth Psychology and Maternity Health Specialist. She is the author of "Just Be: How My Stillborn Son Taught Me to Surrender" and journal, "Just Be Guide: Steps to Healing Trauma." In all the areas Lindsay works with, her mission is helping to bring light back into mothers that promotes inner healing. Whether it is through her /teaching, speaking or blogging for all things in motherhood, healing or natural living–, inner healing and joy for women is her goal. Through her own person story, she has found that healing her past traumas and facing what she has struggled with - has not only strengthened her relationship with her daughters, but it "cut the cord" of the trauma/pain in her family. It has given her daughters separation from what she has been through, so they can grow confident, strong and can continue their life's mission and purpose with their own identity.
We are inundated with negative messages about our bodies. Diet culture has brainwashed us into thinking that our bodies aren’t thin enough, firm enough or (fill in the blank) enough. The message of Positive Body Image is KEY to implementing confidence and self-esteem for our daughters.My Guest today is Marla Mervis-Hartmann. Marla is passionate about this message changing the lives of women by promoting health and self-worth built on character. Women are powerful beings. When we focus on the good we can share with the world(rather than the size of our butts) we can positively impact the world.Marla is the creator of Love Your Body Love Yourself. After years of struggling with her own dysfunctional body-relationship, Marla has transformed her experiences into services to help women discover honor and appreciation for their bodies. As a professional Marla, has been featured at TEDx Salinas. She was the leading body image expert at Journey Malibu, a Drug/Alcohol rehabilitation center.She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son where she works full-time as a professional coach, speaker, facilitator and Living Light Reiki Master and Teacher.
Raising teen girls is not always easy but learning how to respond and react in a manner that keeps the lines of communication open are critical. Join us as we discuss some of the common challenges moms face when raising teen girls today. Our Guest on this episodeis Erin Taylor. Erin is a conscious living thought leader, PCI Certified Parent Coach® and educator, public speaker, author, co-founder of Building Connected Communities and co-host of the Maximizing Life in the Middle Podcast that she does with her husband. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and is the author of Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting, and her writings have been featured in a USA Today Best-selling book, South Jersey Mom and Natural Awakenings Magazine. Erin was able to take the tragedy of the death of her infant daughter and turn it around, using her hard-earned wisdom to help people from all walks of life step into their power and live their best lives.
When we talk about raising powerful girls, it's important to recognize that girls come in all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities. Just because a girl has a disability, it does not mean she cannot or should not be mentored in how to be strong, smart, independent and powerful. On the contrary, these girls need guidance more than ever to overcome the challenges and prejudices they face on a day to day basis.
Raising girls is not easy and many of the behaviors and practices we currently use today are based off of how we were parented as children but this isn’t always the best way. When we know better we do better. Our guest on this episode is Sue DeCaro. “Having experienced some challenging years raising her daughters, she realized that her passion and calling was to support parents and families in every way that she could to create the family life that they envisioned, deep connections with their children and an understanding of the importance of a thriving spirit.